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Happy world toilet day!

By Dean Spears on November 19th, 2012

November 19th is World Toilet Day:   I confess I don't know where the $1 to $5 comes from, and I wouldn't focus on respiratory infections, but instead chronic intestinal disease keeping children from growing healthy, tall, and smart...Read More..


EPW: Toilets can be temples

By Dean Spears on October 19th, 2012

Economic and Political Weekly argues that "Indians have to accept that sanitation is not a dirty word." All of this comes out of the "Nirmal Bharat Yatra" -- a cross-country trip intended to raise awareness and support for the...Read More..


We're excited to announce that rice will be hosting a conference in Delhi in the summer of 2013, along with our partners, the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, SHARE at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and...Read More..


Economic Times: Sanitation is an economic issue

By Dean Spears on October 11th, 2012

An editorial in today’s Economic Times – a leading Indian newspaper – cited rice’s research to make an important point. Open defecation is not merely a health problem. Because early life disease keeps children from growing into tall adults and...Read More..


An oldie but a goodie

By Diane Coffey on September 15th, 2012

Today, as I'm working on an extended abstract for a project about women's status and child health in India, I've been reviewing this wonderful 1996 essay written three UNICEF affiliates. I honestly can't remember if I've posted this before, but...Read More..


Eating medicine

By Diane Coffey on August 24th, 2012

Here, the minute you mention to people that you aren’t feeling well, they ask, “did you take medicine?” Actually, the direct translation of the question would be: “did you eat medicine?” I’m not a huge fan of taking medication, so,...Read More..


Business Standard: Getting What You Pay For

By Dean Spears on August 19th, 2012

Business Standard has published another op-ed, this one focused on incentive compatible policy solutions for open defecation: Getting what you pay for. We typically write here about open defecation in India, but it's important to be aware of suffering in...Read More..


Electricity in the news!

By Dean Spears on August 1st, 2012

I'm sure you've all been reading about the enormous power outage. Hundreds of millions of people rich enough to have electricity at all, but not so rich as to have their own generators (which is, in fact, interestingly common) lost...Read More..


Op-ed in Business Standard

By Dean Spears on July 31st, 2012

Today Business Standard -- which calls itself India's leading business newspaper, something like an Indian Wall Street Journal -- published an op-ed about sanitation in India and the TSC. It's nice to see a financial newspaper taking the opportunity to...Read More..


Infant mortality

By Diane Coffey on July 29th, 2012

This was a tough week. When I left Sitapur in the last days of March, I said good-bye to 21 women who I had been visiting weekly throughout February and March. Three were pregnant, and 18 had little babies, all...Read More..


Thanks to new friends at LBSNAA

By Dean Spears on July 13th, 2012

Yesterday I had the fun opportunity to present my sanitation research at LBSNAA, the training institute for Indian Administrative Service officers. We met with the 2010 class, almost finished with their two years of training. These folks will go on...Read More..


Three new papers

By Dean Spears on July 3rd, 2012

I just added three new papers to our research. Two are about sanitation in India, in preparation for NCAER's upcoming India Policy Forum, where I will talk about the Total Sanitation Campaign. One, "Sanitation and open defecation explain international variation...Read More..


Poop for sale

By Dean Spears on June 9th, 2012

Diane and I are glad to be back in India – where it is hot – and Avinash will be joining us in just a few days. I started the week in Seattle seeing old friends and making new friends...Read More..


Caring for baby in the heat

By Diane Coffey on May 25th, 2012

There are so many ways in which the deck is stacked against poor babies in India. A few days ago, Jo, one of our board members, sent me the HUNGaMA Survey Report from 2011. HUNGaMA is a survey of about...Read More..


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Over the last couple of days, we’ve thought about how small is too small from a population perspective. But, in my recent fieldwork in Sitapur, I found myself asking the question, “how small is too small?” on an individual level....Read More..

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